Road to IEM Katowice 2022 - Best Play-In Teams

IEM Katowice 2022, one of the most popular CS:GO tournament series, starts on February 15. Sixteen teams will compete for the group stage. Only eight teams from this challenge will advance to the group stage.

Today we take a look at the strongest Play-in teams. Let's get started.

Play-in Teams
Ninjas in Pyjamas Astralis FaZe Clan GODSENT
Complexity MIBR Renegades BIG
Entropiq OG CPH Flames Fnatic
ENCE MOUZ Wisła Kraków Sprout


FaZe Clan

One of the strongest play-in teams is FaZe Clan. Especially their performance at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022 was admirable. They finished in the top three of the tournament, eliminating BIG in the final. Their first competitors at IEM Katowice 2022 will be Sprout. FaZe finished Road to Katowice EU in ninth place and are most likely to succeedl in the play-in stage and reach the group stage.


Another team we will talk about is Entropiq. The CIS representative has been making quite a name for themselves lately. Most recently, they made it to the finals at the Funspark ULTI 2021. However, in the final, they were defeated by Gambit Esports. Their first opponent in the tournament will be ENCE. They seem to be one step ahead against ENCE as well. They qualified for the tournament as they are ranked thirteenth in the ESL World Ranking. Do you think Entropiq, which is seen among the teams that are likely to advance to the group stage, will be successful in IEM Katowice 2022?


Astralis is one of the strongest teams not only in the play-in stage but also in the tournament. Astralis, seen as one of the most successful CS:GO teams of 2021, will do their best to return to their glory days. At IEM Katowice 2022, their first rival will beMIBR. They seem superior to MIBR in this encounter. The Danish team finished the Road to Katowice EU in eighth place. How do you think Astralis, which has a quite high probability of advancing to the groups, will perform?

Ninjas in Pyjamas

The last team we will talk about in today's list is Ninjas in Pyjamas. They have always been a team that has made a name for themselves with their performance. They reached their last big success at IEM Winter 2021, losing 0-3 against Team Vitality in the grand final. Wisła Kraków will be their first competitors at IEM Katowice 2022. Ninjas in Pyjamas seem to be the favourite side against the Polish team. They finished the Road to Katowice EU in seventh place. How far do you think NIP, a strong team that will not give up easily, can progress in IEM Katowice 2022?

Although these are the strongest teams according to their current performance in our opinion, we should also mention that there are many play-in teams that we did not include in our list. BIG, which performed well in Funspark ULTI 2021 and BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022, is one of these teams. OG, which attracted attention with their tremendous performance at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022, should not be forgotten as well. GODSENT, Fnatic, CPH Flames, Sprout, ENCE and Complexity can also surprise and upset the balance.

Who is your favourite at IEM Katowice 2022? You can watch the matches of your favourite team on Luckbox and place bets on them.